Peachtree City

Aspiring producer is not chicken when it comes to making first film

I recently had the chance to see Peachtree City native Matthew Quandt’s first film “Dinner with Fred” at an early test screening a month before the official Los Angeles opening. Quandt, a graduate of Starr’s Mill High School, and a senior majoring in film studies at USC, has put a fine first rung on the ladder of his career. Read More»

Elizabeth Grace Cooke, 5

Elizabeth Grace Cooke, 5, passed away December 31, 2011.

Survivors include father & mother Peter & Jessica Cooke; maternal grandparents Larry & Wendy Miller; paternal grandparents David & Janet Cooke; and also great grandparents, aunts, and uncles. Read More»

Mrs. Aline P. Verlander of Peachtree City

Mrs. Aline P. Verlander of Peachtree City died December 30, 2010.

Mrs. Verlander was a long-time member of Beecher Hills Baptist Church in Atlanta and is currently a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church. She retired from the Atlanta Public School System.

She was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Carl Verlander.

She is survived by her sons, Larry Verlander and his wife Ann of Johannesburg; Gene Verlander of Thomaston; 4 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Read More»

Clint Russell Smith, 17, of Peachtree City

Clint Russell Smith, 17, of Peachtree City, GA passed away on December 29, 2010.

Clint was preceded in death by his brother Carson Smith.

He is survived by his mother Stacy Smith and Bobby Royal of Peachtree City; father Bryan Smith & wife Barbara of Senoia; sister Chloe Smith of Peachtree City; grandparents Berry & Elaine Smith of Sparta, GA; Walter Jernigan of Sharpsburg and Dianne Jernigan of Maryville, TN. Read More»

Third man arrested in PTC burglaries

Peachtree City Police early Wednesday arrested two Atlanta men in connection with three Christmas week residential burglaries. A third Atlanta man was arrested Wednesday afternoon. All three are charged in the three residential burglaries in the Smokerise and Kedron Hills subdivisions. Read More»

Coat drive a success for local scout

Starr's Mill High School's Ray Loya as part of an Eagle Scout project spearheaded an effort collected 415 coats and blankets for homeless men and families in downtown Atlanta.

For his Eagle Scout project, Ray Loya decided to warm the hearts of people down on their luck, people who had no place to go.

And by all measures he succeeded and then some, providing 415 blankets and jackets to homeless men and families in downtown Atlanta. His initial goal was 300.

Loya came up with the idea because his church does outreach programs in Atlanta, serving food to the homeless, and he knew there weren’t many jackets to hand out. Read More»

PTC has 71 apply for city manager job

Peachtree City has received 71 applications from across the country for its vacant city manager position, according to interim City Manager Nikki Vrana.

Those applications are being narrowed down by a committee that includes Vrana, the city attorney, the city’s human resources administrator and also Tom Hall, the city manager from LaGrange.

The committee plans to do interviews the week of Jan. 10 with the “short list” of candidates, Vrana said. Then the committee will narrow the field to about four candidates, she added. Read More»

Roundabout to be considered for Crosstown-Parkway intersection?

Engineering firm will also draw up simple right-turn lane additions; council against traffic light

An engineering company that will prepare conceptual designs for scaled-back improvements to the intersection of Peachtree Parkway and Crosstown Drive will also look at the possibility of making the intersection into a two-lane roundabout. Read More»

PTC trims cost of new fire truck after bids come in high

When bids for a new fire engine came in at $20,000 over Peachtree City’s budgeted amount, there was a decision to be made.

Instead of asking the City Council for more money, the committee of personnel who developed the specifications went back to the drawing board with a scalpel. They cut or scaled back items from the vehicle to get several thousand dollars below the budgeted amount.

The city will pay $506,232 for the new pumper-rescue truck, with the remaining $7,000 in savings needed to add tools, equipment and the radio system for the truck. Read More»

Mrs. Judith Gerike, 74, of Peachtree City

Mrs. Judith Gerike, 74, of Peachtree City, passed away on December 27, 2010.

Mrs. Gerike is preceded in death by her parents, Michael Kouris and Edith Lee Kouris.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years Harold W. Gerike; sons Michael (Joann) Gerike of Crown Point, IN, John Gerike of Seattle, WA and Thomas (Angie) Gerike of Normal, IL; grandchildren, Michael Gerike and Amy Gerike of Crown Point, IN and Amanda Gerike and Brian Gerike of Normal, IL; sisters, Athene (Frank) Knapik of Munster, IN and Marilyn (Bill) Darmody of Peachtree City; five nieces and nephews. Read More»

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